A Special Place
Glenboig Village Park, situated four miles north of Coatbridge is, to say the least, a special place. Officially opened in the summer of 2004, it is a prime example of what can be achieved when a local community gets together to make improvements to their local greenspace. The site today is a credit to them, and promotes a strong sense of place and local ownership.
Although the woodland along the north side f the village park is of great value, the focal point is Garnqueen Loch. This wildlife haven hosts a wide variety of wildflowers and birds such as little grebe, shoveler and snipe are among its residents though locals are particularly proud of "their" nesting swans. Flowering rush, white water lily and purple loosestrife grace the lochside in summer.
Discover the Past
Throughout the late 19th century and early 20thC, Glenboig was a thriving industrial village. Famous for the production of fireclay products,its population rose from 120 in 1860 to 1500 in 1890. Most of the houses then belonged to the Glenboig Union Fireclay Company. With all the surrounding industry came the railway, some of these old lines are existing pathways through Glenboig Village Park today.
The brickworks site was finally cleared and levelled in the 1980's. The woodland within the village park partially covers what remains of the brick works that once thrived there. Large areas of the site have evolved naturally, disguising its industrial past.
Enjoy The Present
There is more than meets the eye at Glenboig Village Park. The abundance of wildlife on and around Garnqueen Loch is clearly visible. Its much used path network takes you to all corners of the site.A pleasant, circular rout can be achieved by passing alongside Inchneuk Road. You will have a good change of spotting hare and lapwing in the surrounding farmland. It is also possible link into other sites, such as nearby Gartcosh Nature Reserve. There are more than a few migrants use the village park for one reason or another. In spring, the woodlands and scrub host birds returning from Africa, such as the willow warbler, and the whitethroat.Arriving throughout November from Scandanavia, goldeneye ducks use the loch for winter feeding.
Participate in the Future
We publish a greenspace diary every year with details of events and opportunities for people to get involved all across North Lanarkshire.
The Park Was Funded by :